Join other members of Atlanta Contemporary for a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of Atlanta’s best contemporary art collections. This week we are giving you an exclusive look at Atlanta Contemporary’s Executive Director, Veronica Kessenich’s home and private art collection.

You must be a member of Atlanta Contemporary in order to attend. The Zoom registration link will be shared with members only. 

If you are not yet a member and would like to participate, click here to process your membership. Once confirmed, send an email to Abby Bullard at [email protected] with your receipt and she will then share the Zoom registration link.

About the collection:

Veronica Kessenich began collecting art when local photographer, David Swann, gave her a photograph for Christmas in 1986. Many years later, her collection started with works on paper (as they were generally less expensive) from cities and countries she visited and now boasts of sculptures and paintings.

During her first year of college, Kessenich purchased her first typewriter for $1. While that would be the last one she bought, her collection now has over 10 working typewriters – 8 of which sit on the steps going up to the second floor of her condo. Notwithstanding the typewriters, she has also amassed an array of cameras, projectors, and old slide photographs.

She began assembling an earnest collection while working with gallerist, Fay Gold. The first work of art she purchased – a small Doug and Mike Starn lysonic ink jet print – was one of the many works to be acquired. Additional photographers in the collection include: Robert Mapplethorpe, Bob Kolbrener, Joyce Tenneson, Len Prince, Jessie Mann, and others. Artwork by artists represented by Fay Gold that also reside in the collection are: Robert Jessup, Joseph Guay, and Melissa Herrington.

When Kessenich joined Atlanta Contemporary in 2013, she continued building her collection buying works by current and former Studio Artists as well as artists exhibited. Though some of these works adorn the walls of her office, the artists include: Dapper Bruce LaFitte, Fallen Fruit, Thad Kellestadt, and Christina West.

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Bio

Veronica Kessenich

Atlanta Contemporary is led by Executive Director, Veronica Kessenich since July 2015, Kessenich was born and raised in Atlanta having received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College (IN) and an MPhil in Art History from St. Andrews University (Scotland). She has been active in the field of art as an art administrator, art historian, curator, and consultant for over fifteen years. Beginning her career as Gallery Director at Atlanta’s prestigious Fay Gold Gallery, Kessenich has worked as a lecturer at Agnes Scott College and the Savannah College of Art & Design – Atlanta.

Location

Members can email the Development Manager, Abby Bullard to receive the Zoom registration link.

Contact Info
Abby Bullard
(404) 688-1970 ext. 405
[email protected]

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